May Yuan

Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences
Director, Geospatial Analytics and Innovative Applications Laboratory (
GR 3.108C
Tags: Geospatial Information Science

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May Yuan CV
Curriculum Vita (March 2022)
About Me
May Yuan received all her degrees in Geography: B.S. 1987 from National Taiwan University and M.S. 1992 and Ph.D. 1994 from State University of New York at Buffalo. She is Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences (GIS) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT-Dallas), and fellows of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Before joining UT-Dallas in August 2014, she was Brandt Professor and Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor and Director of the Center for Spatial Analysis at the University of Oklahoma (1994-2014). She assumed the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science in 2017 after eight years as the regional editor for the Americas. She serves on US NOAA Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG) to the NOAA Science Board (2016-2022) and served on U.S. National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (2016-2021). She was the presidents of Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS: 2020-2021) and the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS: 2011-2012). Her research interest expands upon space-time representation and analytics to understand geographic dynamics. Over the years, she has been developing approaches to represent and model geographic processes and events in GIS. databases to support space-time query, analytics, and knowledge discovery. Her research has been supported by NSF, NASA, Department of Defence, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Geological Survey, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and state government agencies in the U.S.A. She recently founded the Geospatial Analytics and Innovative Applications (GAIA) Lab at UT-Dallas. She and her students explore ways to capture and apply the concepts of place for space-time representation and analytics. 

News Articles

Geographers Association Honors Researcher
Dr. May Yuan, Ashbel Smith Professor of geospatial information sciences (GIS) at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been named a 2021 fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG).